With high winds and heavy rain covering the UK, heating oil users are warned to look after their tanks. The current weather can have a number of nasty consequences: Tanks can become dislodged by flooding or high winds. This can potentially lead to an oil spill and in a flooded area the oil will be dispersed farther afield leading to even greater levels of pollution.
In light of the recent heavy downpours experienced in large parts of the UK & Ireland, it is also much easier for water to seep into your tank – particularly if there is an existing crack which can be causd by a change in climate. This can result in low quality oil, corrosion of pipes, freezing of water in pipes/ heating systems and boiler damage – the cost of repairs to a heating system is the last thing on most homeowners’ Christmas budgets.
You can, however, avoid such incidents by trying to take the following preventative measures:
- OFTEC advises that you have your oil tank serviced once a year by a professional: You can find an OFTEC registered technician in your area, on their website.
- Ensure that your oil tank sits on a secure base, particularly if is running low on oil, making it lighter and more susceptible to the elements.
- If you are unsure as to whether there is water in your tank, you can purchase a Cim-Tek tank dryer, which will remove any water from the source.
- Ensure you have an oil tank lock in order to prevent the wind blowing open the cover. This can lead to unwanted water entering the tank or bund area.
- Ensure you are vigilant in checking that your tank is in good condition i.e. there are no bulges, cracks and more importantly no signs of a leak.
- If you are having your tank refilled in heavy rain, speak to your delivery driver to ensure that reasonable steps are taken to avoid water ingress.
- Check the batteries on your oil gauge so you can be alerted quickly in the event of a leak.
- If possible, invest in a bunded oil tank as in the event of a leak you have further protection due to its double skin.